Active Travel

Dublin is a relatively small, compact city, perfect for exploring by foot or by bike. We encourage clients and delegates to get a breath of fresh air between conference sessions, and to make the most of any breaks in their schedules, by getting out and exploring Dublin’s streets and sites.

Active Travel to and from The CCD

The Irish Heart Foundation advises that everyone should do a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity, such as a brisk walk, five days a week. Taking regular exercise improves emotional and physical wellbeing and reduces your risk of high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke. Make sure you factor in some steps or a cycle into your conference schedule, and your body and mind will thank you for it. There are plenty of apps and devices that can be used to track your daily activity to keep you on target. Some of the most well-known include Fitbits, Map My Run, MyFitnessPal and Nutracheck.

Check out our 7 must see sites within 15-minutes walk of The CCD, and information on bike hire, below. Or if you have a bit more time, Dublin’s iconic Grafton Street, home to many boutique and high street shops, as well as the St Stephen’s green and the famous Temple Bar area, are just a 25 minute walk or 10 minute cycle away.


Bike Hire

dublinbikes is a Dublin City Council initiative that offers a bicycle rental scheme to the general public. Stations are distributed throughout the city centre to enable easy access and optimal use. Located in close proximity to each other, dublinbikes are easy to use and inexpensive to hire, and every station has a minimum of 15 bike stands.

There is a pay terminal at every station that accepts an annual Leap travel card. A number of terminals have credit card facilities enabling users to purchase a three-day ticket if they do not have a Leap card. There are over 100 dublinbike stations distributed throughout the city centre, many of which are within close proximity to The CCD. The four closest stations are:

  •         Convention Centre (directly across the road from The CCD)
  •         Guild Street – 2 minute walk from The CCD
  •         Excise Walk – 4 minute walk from The CCD
  •         Lime Street – 6 minute walk from The CCD

7 must see sites within a 15-minute walk of The CCD 

Attending an event at The CCD and have some time to spare? Get some steps in and take in some of the iconic landmarks within a 15-minute walk of The CCD.  

  1.       Samuel Beckett Bridge

Distance from The CCD: 120m / 2 minute walk

Opened in December 2009, the Samuel Beckett Bridge has become a landmark structure on the Dublin Skyline. The bridge, that joins Sir John Rogerson’s Quay on the south side of the River Liffey to Guild Street and North Wall Quay, was designed by Architect Santiago Calatrava and is capable of opening through an angle of 90 degrees allowing ships to pass through. The shape of the bridge spar and its cables evokes an image of a harp, Ireland’s national symbol, lying on its edge.

  1.       Luke Kelly Statue Guild Street

Distance from The CCD: 270m / 3 minute walk

Luke Kelly was an Irish musician from Dublin known for being a founding member of the well-known Irish fold bank ‘The Dubliners.’ Kelly was a member of the band between 1962 up until his death in 1984 aged 43. In January 2019 two statues, one on either side of Dublin City, were unveiled in his memory. Between Guild Street and Sheriff Street, where Kelly was born, a marble head designed by the portrait artist Vera Klute, was unveiled.

  1.       Diving Bell

Distance from The CCD: 450m / 6 minute walk

Designed by port engineer Bindon Blood Stoney (1828 – 1907), Dublin Port’s ‘Diving Bell’ was used to build the city’s quay walls for almost 90 years up until the 1960’s. Its lower section was hollow and bottomless with enough room for six men to work at a time. Once lowered into position on the riverbed, crew entered through an access funnel from the surface an air was fed from an adjacent barge. The Bell has recently been refurbished and visitors can now walk through the structure’s interior.

  1.       Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship

Distance from The CCD: 500m / 7 minute walk

Jeanie Johnston is a replica of a tall ship that was built in Quebec, Canada in 1847. The original ship was used as a cargo vessel and traded between Tralee, Co. Kerry and North America during the Irish famine, bringing emigrants from Ireland to North America, and in return bring timber back to Europe. In 2000, the replica Jeanie Johnston was launched and christened by President of Ireland Mary McAleese. The vessel sailed from Tralee to Canada and onto 32 US and Canadian cities before returning to Ireland. Today, the Jeanie Johnston is moored off Custom House Quay.

  1.       EPIC Irish Emigration Museum

Distance from The CCD: 550m / 7 minute walk

The CHQ building is an industrial building located on the north quays of the River Liffey. Built in 1820, the building, formerly known as Stack A, was used to house cargos of tea, tobacco and spirits. The building was restored in the early 2000’s and today hosts a number of businesses including the EPIC THE Irish Emigration Museum and Dogpatch Labs.

  1.       Grand Canal Square

Distance from The CCD: 650m / 11 minute walk

Grand Canal Square was opened in June 2007. Located at Grand Canal Dock on the south side of the River Liffey between Sir John Rogerson’s Quay and Pearse Street, the Square features a ‘red carpet’ extending from the theatre into and over the dock. The square is also criss-crossed by granite paved paths that allow movement across it in any direction.

  1.       The Custom House

Distance from The CCD: 1km / 13 minute walk

The Custom House is an 18th century building located on the north bank of the River Liffey. When the building opened in 1791, it was used for collecting custom duties at Dublin Port. When the port moved further down river, the building became the headquarters of the Local Government Board for Ireland. Today, the building houses the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.